The Ivy League Haircut

The Ivy League haircut is a classic haircut which already exists since a long time. It was most popular in the 1940’s and 1950’s And It is very popular again today. There are many other names for an Ivy League. Among them, Princeton cut, Harvard clip, Standard Crew Cut, College Cut, Olympic Cut, French Crop. A crew cut of ivy league proportions is the original crew cut as worn by Yale Crew team members in the 1920′s. A crew cut was often referred to as an ivy league crew cut since it was first worn by crew team members at the ivy league Big 3-Yale, Harvard and Princeton-and from the 1920′s to the mid 1950′s, the haircut was very popular on ivy league campuses and at eastern prep schools.

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Like any crew cut it depends on the slope of the skull to the front hairline. A typical ivy league is about 1.5″ at the frontal hairline and maybe 5/8″ at the back of the crown. By measuring the face length from the center of the front hairline to the tip of the chin and the hair in a photo, and assuming an average male face length of 8″ it is easy to approximate the lengths of any guy’s short haircut. How to cut a Ivy League haircut is not difficult. It does, however, require practice to be able to cut it perfectly every time. Below are some steps how to cut ivy league haircut :

  1. Start on the top section in the center. Use the scissor over comb or scissor over fingers technique and start with a center section. Hold the comb parallel to the floor and pull the hair straight up using the bangs as a guide. Take off the desired length in the first section and this will serve as the traveling guide. Keeping the comb parallel to the floor move the comb slowly toward the crown with the proper angle so the hair will be left long enough not to stick up.
  2.  Repeat step 1 on the right and left sides of the center section. You will have a center guide and a previous guide in the comb. Repeat this step as many times as necessary until there is not any more hair to cut. When you get to the round of the head and the comb is parallel to the floor there will be a point that the hair will not reach the comb. This is OK because we are cutting a square shape and need the weight in the corners.
  3. Cut the round of the head section. You can use either scissor over comb or scissor over fingers depending on the length of the hair. Start in the back or crown area and take a section in the center with your fingers or comb positioned parallel to the head. This will ensure the square shape leaving weight in the corners. Take small sections and work to the right side and then back to the center and work to the left. The smaller the sections the easier it will be to see the traveling guide.
  4. Cut the sides and back section. Use a scissor over comb or a clipper over comb technique. In this lesson we are using a 1 ½ blade on the detachable blade clipper. It leaves a more blended finish which is perfect for thick hair that grows straight out from the side of the head. Blend into the previous cut guide from the round of the head. You will a slight line of demarcation from the previous step that you will blend to.
  5. Start the semi finish. Use the adjustable clipper in the open position and the clipper comb. Using the clipper over comb technique bevel the comb at a 45 degree angle and follow that cutting plane until you run out of hair. This will blend perfectly into the previously cut area. Start in front of the right side burn and follow this step all the way around. Make sure to angle the comb so that you stop cutting after about a 2 finger width above the ear and hairline in the back.
  6. Continue the semi finish with the adjustable clipper in the open position using the blade on skin technique. Using a scooping motion place the blade facing upward and pull the clipper away from the head when it reaches the hairline. This will leave a nice natural/tapered hairline. Follow this step from right side burn area around the head to the other side.
  7. Repeat previous step with the adjustable clipper halfway closed and start scooping the blade about ¼ of an inch below where you left off in step 6.
  8. Repeat step 7 with the adjustable clipper in the closed position and start scooping the blade about ¼ of an inch below where you left off in step 7. This will complete the taper.
  9. Complete the finish. Use the t-trimmer to edge off the side burn area and clean up around the ears. Pull the ear down to make it easier to see any excess hair behind the ear. Just cut the hair that pops out. Do not go in to far. That will leave too big of an arc around the ear sometimes referred to as a white wall.
  10. Make the diagonal line on the neck behind the ear. Leave the line out as far as possible. Do not go in off the natural hairline and cut into the taper.
  11. Use an upward shaving motion to clean up the back of the neck. The taper is already complete so it is extremely important not to get anywhere near the hairline. Stop ½ -1 inch below the taper so a line is not made.
  12. Finish the opposite side of the neck and sideburn area.
  13. The final step of the finishing area is the straight razor shave on sideburns, around the ears, and back of the neck. Apply shaving cream on the areas to be shaved. Start on the right sideburn and grip the side of the head with the palm of your hand. Place your thumb on the side burn and stretch the skin. Shave the bottom of sideburn using a free hand stroke. Next shave the right side of the neck below the ear with a freehand stroke. Move on to the hairline using the freehand stroke all the way across. Use your backhand stoke for the opposite portion of neck below the ear. Lastly use your backhand stroke again for the opposite sideburn. Wipe off excess shaving cream with a clean towel and apply aftershave.
  14. Style the hair. Ask the client if they prefer the wet or dry look. A pomade or firm gel will work best for the wet look and a heavy paste or wax will work best for the dry look. Rub the product into the hair down to the roots. Comb the crown in the direction it grows and push the top forward and to the side. Comb the bangs to the side it grows and push up slightly in front.

These were the ivy league haircut steps. To styling this cut is so simple. All you need to have is a small amount of your favorite styling product. Be reminded that these styling products must be chosen depending on the type of style that you want to achieve. For instance, those who want glossy and shiny looks must go for gels, pomades, and others that guarantee shiny locks. For those who prefer the bed head and matte, messy styles, you may opt for wax, clay, and hair spray.

Celebrity that could be your reference for this haircut is Anderson Cooper. Anderson Cooper has gray hair and sport is good, so for those of you who have gray hair, you can go with this. This is the best haircut for those looking for something to do with their stylish appearance and can give them an opportunity to show their gray hair. Older men will love this cut, as is done for them and their only.

For example, let’s take a look some pictures of Anderson Cooper Ivy League haircut below;

If you want this type of hairstyle for men, it would not be hard to find a barber who can give it to you. Ivy League haircut is really very popular that you probably will not find a barber who cannot give this type of style to you.










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